Full Circle
New Holland Brewing Company

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3.61 | pDev: 13.57%
New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
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Notes: Formerly New Holland Lucid
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dd53grif from Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale golden color with a minimal head that disappears quickly. No discernable aroma. Tastes of hops and malts. Sweet at the beginning, finishes with a hoppy bitterness.

May 30, 2017
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Caveworm from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

New Holland Full Circle | New Holland Brewing Company. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, this has a two finger thick head, with solid lacing, and a medium golden amber body.

I smell bright, lively malts and grassy grains.

Tastes like a full-bodied, clean, and quenching version of the scent.

Overall, I'll give New Holland Full Circle | New Holland Brewing Company a rating of a 4.25

May 17, 2017
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nicholas2121 from Ohio

4.19/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

New Holland Full Circle brewed by New Holland Brewing Company, with an ABV of 4.90% This brew pours out a hazy golden amber color with a small white head. There is some nice spotty lacing to this brew, it sticks to the side of the glass well. The smell is rich with sweetness, grains and malts. There is also a slight tartness in the smell of this brew. The look and the smell are really inviting, kinda different. Now for the taste, it is full of grains and malts. There is a slight bitter sweet taste to this brew, however it is really mild. Light on the hops . I will give it this, it is different, but in a good way. The body of New Holland Full Circle is a soild medium. There is nothing overpowering about this brew, it has a real nice balance to it. This kolsch goes down nice and smooth. The mouth feel is Rich, Smooth, Clean, and Refreshing. Overall I'm giving New Holland Full Circle a 4.25 out of 5. I would look this brew up again. New Holland Brewing Company, did a nice job with this brew.

Apr 29, 2017
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Stevedore from Oregon

3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, served in a willi becher glass. Pours a clear golden yellow body, one finger short-lived white head, not much retention. Only a bit of lacing. Smell is grain, a bit of mineral, slight floral hop bite, green apple. Not particularly complicated, but certainly not bad. Flavour follows; more of a crisp and grainy sweetness, a little bit of mustiness. Slight floral and earth hop bite. Mouthfeel is medium-lighter bodied, refreshing, good carbonation, not too bitter though not too deep either. A solid kolsch, not a terrible representation of the style.

Mar 24, 2017
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DrainBamage from Michigan

2.79/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours a very pale color with half inch head. Smells a lot like a adjunct lager. Goes down quite dry and minimum bitterness, but maltiness is definitely apparent. Not sure if it's the style or if it's just this beer, but this one is not for me.

Jan 19, 2017
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metter98 from New York

3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that settled down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of apples and green grapes are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is very fruity, having flavors of green grapes along with hints of apples. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems to be a little thin on the palate and could use a bit more in the way of malts and hops.

Serving type: bottle

Nov 17, 2016
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KTCamm from New Jersey

3.54/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

8/20....pours dark bronze with minimal white foam. Straw and light grassy nose. Taste opens with a light citrus lemon. Turns right, into a chewy malt. I let this sit a bit too long. Underlying sweet and soft flavor profile. Picks up the Kolsch style well.

Aug 23, 2016
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joeseppy from Illinois

3.46/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Weak yellow gold pour with a scant wispy head. Lemony yeasty aromas. Honey smack cereal. Taste is faintly bitter with supple malt and fruit sweets. A lemony essence with yeasties. A medium finish that has a clean feeling yet the sugars residue the tongue. I've been through a six pack and each bottle has poured definitive black specks that fall to bottom of glass. Yeast formation? I've searched the Internet with no results for black specks in pour. Haven't got sick but I find this unsettling! Just a FYI. Would not buy again.

Jul 31, 2016
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

How this beer has been around for 17 years is mystifying to me.
Had on tap at New Holland's brewpub. While fresh, it is particularly unattractive with a sickly pale color and minimal foam. Smells do not offer the fruitiness of the kolsch. Tastes are balanced, but there are some off tastes, metallic mostly. In the mouth, it is on the thin side; although enough bubbles to cleanse the palate.

I want to like New Holland, but it is hard to like Full Circle.

May 01, 2016
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Suds from Missouri

3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I love a good Kolsch. Light gold in color with a fruity aroma...a touch of malt is present in the smell as well. Delicate in flavor, light and refreshing. A hint of hops in the taste. A bit more malt than is normal in the style, but very nice.

Jan 16, 2016
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CTHomer from Connecticut

4.27/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: crystal clear; light gold in color; 1 finger moussy white head that receded to a wispy cap; very nice lacing;

S: pale malt and citrus;

T: bready up front; then it's pale malt and noble hops through the mildly bitter finish;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: style-wise, it hits all the right notes for me;

Jan 05, 2016
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Raime from Greenland

2.95/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

New Holland Full Circle Kölsch

New Holland used to be one of my favorite breweries back in the day when I was still new to this craft beer game. Overall I still enjoy a lot of their beers but there are usually better ones out there in the respective style. Found a single bottle of this for $1.79 at my local Meijer and figured why the hell not. Let's drink it.

Look - From the twelve ounce bottle hard poured into a pint glass. Beer pours rather murky, not exactly typical for a Kölsch but hopefully means there will be some more in the flavor profile. Head is about a finger in height and quickly dies down to a moderately thick ring around the edges and starts leaving small amounts of immediate stick. Carbonation appears to be on about moderate.

Smell - Starts off with a lot of pilsener like malts. Smells more like a German Pilsener than any type of Kölsch. Bit of creamed corn and a touch of skunk which is surprising as the beer is rather fresh and in a dark bottle. Not a massive nose, and seemingly not much to style.

Taste - This beer is definitely skunky to high hell. Lots of corn like flavors that are rather creamy but it certainly isn't anything to write home about. Not a very Kölsch like flavor based on past experiences with the style.

Feel - The feel on this brew fits what it should. Medium thickness in terms of the body with a creamy feel overall thanks to the remaining cap. Carbonation is about moderate and the beer is skunky as hell on the tongue. Swallows with skunk bitterness.

Overall - A brown bottle beer from a few dozen miles North of me brewed about a month ago that tastes like a green bottled beer brewed a year ago from overseas. If that is what you're looking for, pick it up. Otherwise, pass for sure in the future ...

Dec 31, 2015
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

this should be better than it is, these guys can really make some killer beer, so oddly let down by what should be a rather basic beer for a brewer to assemble. maybe its old, but i cant read the date on the bottle. smells a little oxidized, but it seems like there are some weird properties to this that dont belong in a kolsch style at all. i get notes of wild blueberry, you know, the little tiny ones that grow in the mountains, and then some almost belgian tasting yeast. nothing german at all about this beer, these flavors arent bad, they just seem out of place. what is entirely inappropriate here is the acidity in the finish and the lingering metallic notes. where do those come from and why are they here? to me these are off flavors in a style that should be light and easy drinking and simple. i like the soft malt texture, but i cant get past this acidic tangy finish. way off for me, and it hurts the overall enjoyment of the beer. new holland can make some wonderful beer, but this doesnt appear to be one of them. perhaps i will try it fresh on tap one day and have a different opinion, but as it stands, there is a lot to be desired here...

Dec 18, 2015
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leadpaint76 from Oklahoma

4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Carbonation is good. Color is nice. The aroma reminds me of wet hay. To be honest this is not a style that I enjoy. A co-worker gave it to me to try. Its great to have people share beer with you. That being said I do think it represents the style very well. If you like this style it would be a nice beer to pick up. Cheers all have a great day.

Nov 30, 2015
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JJKBeerLvr from Pennsylvania

3.39/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into pint glass in November 2015.

Appearance: Light golden with white head. Beer is clear and not cloudy. Head is thick, and sticks to the glass.

Smell: Aroma is sweet like a lager. I do not smell much hops.

Taste: There is a little bit of an edge and bite to the flavor, but is is also sweet like a lager.

Mouthfeel: Light, creamy bodied. Soft alcohol.

This is a smooth light-bodies beer. Easy to drink with some variety of flavors.

Nov 01, 2015
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Gear54 from Indiana

3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a bottle into a pint glass.

Smell is typical for the style. Crisp clean and strong aromas of wheat and malt. Nice

Taste follows exactly with nice wheat flavores and clean crisp cirrus behind it. Bread yeast helps with balance.

Classic for the style. New holland turns out another solid brew.

Sep 20, 2015
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Onto another Kolsch!

A : Pours a pale gold color with about 5% opacity. The head is 1 finger tall, recedes a bit, but sticks around at 1/2 finger indefinitely. Some hilly lace is left on the sides.

S : A typical American-style Kolsch aroma, with peach, plum, and straw. A faint hint of pear and apple as well. Largely wet and beery after that.

T : Graham cracker, honey, peach pie filling, and some cracker malts. A bit of straw comes in afterwards, followed by a touch of crisp apple, and it waves goodbye with the same grace as it enters - with golden graham cracker crust. The flavors are somewhat subdued in the favor of drinkability.

F : A soft dense creaminess accompanies an electric carbonation and a semi dry finish.

O : A pretty decent Kolsch with some weak points here and there. It's a soft beer for sure, but a little haze would be nice in the appearance. The nose was nice but fairly weak, and the flavor was unique but too quiet. I'm sure there are better Kolsches out there, but this isn't a terrible one by any stretch.

Sep 10, 2015
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sjdevel from Utah

3.91/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There is a decent head when I poured this one out of a 12oz. bottle (1-2 finger). The head quickly fades and streams of bubbles rise up to replenish the lacing that continues. Pale golden yellow and quite cloudy for a Kolsch.

Smells slightly crisp, clean, fruity, and wheaty. Not much on the aromatic side (hops or otherwise).

First flavors are bready and wheaty. Some fruity flavors start to show through (as if there was a touch of white grace juice in the mix).

Light bodied without much fizz on tongue. A touch on the dry side.

This is a pretty decent Kolsch styled beer. It is cloudier than I expected as the other Kolsches that I have had (and made) have been very clear. There was only a hint of white grape and fruitiness. I was hoping for that strong white grape/wine flavor that I have had in others. It is decent though, but not my favorite. I will buy a Fruh Kolsch instead in the future.

Aug 20, 2015
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SaltofOH from Ohio

3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pilsner glass at Pacific Rim in Ann Arbor.

A: pours a deep,slightly hazy gold with a mild white head. Nice retention, little lacing to speak of. Little visible carb.

S: smells ale-y, with a generL beery smell. Ale esters definitely coming through. Would not mistake this for a lager.

T: slightly sweet, quite fruity, malty. Hops are noticeable; not quite the noble hop taste I associate with Kolsch style.

M: lighter side of mid-bodied; more carbonation on the palate than the appearance would suggest.

O: a fuller-bodied, sweeter, estery-er Kolsch, not as light or clean as say, Sierra Nevada, but with more "oomph." Great beer for dinner.

Aug 06, 2015
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TX-Badger from Texas

3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with white head. Cereal grains, floral hop aromas, and light grass on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes clean and crisp.

Jul 08, 2015
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pat61 from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Pig & fiddle. Pours pale straw color with a 1” lacy white foam collar. Aroma almost like wet grain, low hops, very tart, almost astringent, dry, crisp, light, above average carbonation.

Jul 05, 2015
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BeerWithMike from Nebraska

4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled this past Saturday, though I only a few sips since somebody got in my beer cooler during our annual Memorial Day Weekend BBQ and drank it which was off my shelve that was for me only. Wasn't a happy camper. LOL! :/

May 27, 2015
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GRPunk from Michigan

3.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz. Bottle from Copper Vine ($9.99 sixer) poured into a tall, pils glass.

A- 1-1/2 finger, foamy white head settles into a well sustained 1/4 finger. Clean golden body exhibits heavy carbonation. Good stick.

S- Really clean. A little fruity (berry-like) with cracker malts and grassy hops. Classic, maybe a little light, though some warmth amps it up a bit.

T- Bready/Ritz cracker malts. Berry sweet and tart flavors. Clean, grassy and slightly floral hops make for a slightly tea-like flavor. Hopping gets a little spicy and black-peppery, making for a dry finish.

M- Crisp, clean, and refreshing. Nicely dry.

O- A thirst quencher and great session beer. Love to down a couple of these after some yard work. It's been a couple of years since my last one, but it stands the test of time. Still tasty.

May 10, 2015
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sulldaddy from Connecticut

3.42/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a pint glass. The beer is bright gold in the glass and several streams of carbonation rise to the surface. There is a fizzy bleached white head of 2 cm that fades rapidly to a surface layer. Aroma is malty with a bit of caramel and some grainy notes. Very mild spicy hop notes, but otherwise the nose is pretty mild.
First sip is a lighter body with crisp texture and very fine carbonation that tingles across my palate.
Flavor is grainy and sweet with just a bit of caramel but otherwise fairly clean. Maybe a hint of citrus but in general the flavor is mild just as the nose.
The finish dries out my palate and makes me thirsty for the next sip.
The beer is very easy to drink and refreshing. WOuld be nice on a hot summer day.

Apr 23, 2015
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303beer from Colorado

3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yellow blond in color. Doesn't have a lot of carbonation going on. Kind of smells of goldings. Taste is balanced between malt and hops. Not a lot on the backend. Not bad. I am not disappointed with my purchase but I will try other beers of this style before I come back to it.

Apr 17, 2015
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